Joan Morris 703-259-1799

Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779


May 19, 2011

Community meeting to be held June 2; overnight traffic impacts start early June

ARLINGTON―This summer, the Virginia Department of Transportation begins construction on a $6 million project to replace and widen the Glebe Road bridge over Arlington Boulevard (Route 50). The project will be complete in early fall 2012.

The entire bridge deck, about 100 feet long, will be replaced with pre-cast, pre-stressed concrete panels. The new span will be about 27 feet wider than the current bridge.

Additional improvements to this important north-south corridor will benefit motorists, transit users, cyclists and pedestrians, including:
• A northbound left-turn lane to Route 50, expected to improve reliability of transit operations at this location
• A 17-foot shared-use path on one side and 11-foot sidewalk on the other
• Improved sight distance for right turns from Route 50 to Glebe Road
• New signals
• Decorative wrought-iron picket fencing, gateway pillars and LED lighting

No major construction impacts to traffic are expected during the day. Beginning in early June, drivers can expect lane closures and shifts on Glebe Road and Route 50 weeknights between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. There will also be some intermittent detours on Route 50 beginning in August, with traffic diverted to George Mason Drive and Washington Boulevard. VDOT will announce these detours in advance.

A “pardon our dust” meeting for the local community will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 2 at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 South Old Glebe Road in Arlington.

Ft. Myer Construction Corporation is the contractor for the project. More information, including updates on construction and traffic impacts, will be posted to the Glebe Road Bridge project page.

Glebe Road carries about 35,000 vehicles over Arlington Boulevard each day, including about 300 transit bus trips per day, on routes carrying more than 8,500 riders per weekday.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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